USA, Utah: Kessler Peak and Donut Falls

I met Jessie at the airport this summer and we've recently become hiking buddies. We did Kessler with stunning views of snow-dusted, soon before a much heavier snowfall. Perfect weather and perfect timing. This hike is a strenuous 4.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,926 ft. And it's once of those peaks where … Continue reading USA, Utah: Kessler Peak and Donut Falls

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USA, California: Backpacking Into Point Reyes National Seashore

I took a solo trip to California, went to the Visitor's Center to inquire about permits, and went with a few girls on one permit, and we spent the day hiking in, setting up camp, making our way to Alamere Falls, and was such a nice, peaceful time. Attempting to get a permit the day … Continue reading USA, California: Backpacking Into Point Reyes National Seashore

USA, California: Recommended Hikes in the Lake Tahoe Area

Rubicon Trail to Eagle Lake There are two Rubicon trails in Tahoe.  One is a 4x4 trail and another is a hiking trail.  I was fortunate to be able to going jeeping with friends the last time I lived in the area on the 4x4 Rubicon.  The hiking trail is my favorite in Tahoe.  It … Continue reading USA, California: Recommended Hikes in the Lake Tahoe Area

USA, Nevada: Hidden Beach and Chimney Beach

Hidden Beach Last time I lived in the Tahoe area, four years ago, I was digging out a ski lift buried in snow right about this time of year while working on the mountain.  Even a week ago there was two feet of powder, which was absolutely amazing, but the good snow lasted about a … Continue reading USA, Nevada: Hidden Beach and Chimney Beach

USA, Nevada/California Border: Stateline Fire Lookout at Sunset

Dan and I loved this hike so much that we went back the next evening for a sunset dinner. We were able to test out some a new backpacking stove and had some chili we made at home from scratch. The lake this evening was different. Instead of bright blue, it was much darker with … Continue reading USA, Nevada/California Border: Stateline Fire Lookout at Sunset

USA, California: Yosemite National Park

Took a day trip to Yosemite in October, driving through it and stopping at scenic spots along the way, and then hiked various trail. Started on a trailhead to Mirror Lake, but the lake was dried up, as were the waterfalls, but I wasn't surprised because of the timing with autumn. In lieu of water, … Continue reading USA, California: Yosemite National Park

USA, Arizona: Lower Antelope Canyon

Dan and I hiked through a slot canyon near Page, Arizona.  There is another, seemingly more popular (and more expensive) guided hike, Upper Antelope Canyon, but we opted for the more low-key Lower Antelope, which still isn't that low key.  It's on Navajo land, so it's a $24 per-person fee with a guide and a … Continue reading USA, Arizona: Lower Antelope Canyon

USA, Hawaii: Oahu Hikes

Enjoying some hot chocolate with almond milk.  The sun came out! Koko Head Crater This hike is short, but an amazing workout!  Old railroad track that used to pull military supplies to bunkers on top during WWII are now used as stairs.  It doesn't look as hard as it is, but it's definitely tough.  The … Continue reading USA, Hawaii: Oahu Hikes